Friday, September 19, 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

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So excited about this review today! The Vice 3 Palette from Urban Decay is gorgeous. I love my Vice 2 and I'm still mad about passing on the first Vice palette, but this one *may* be my new favorite. We'll get into the shades in a minute, but let's look at how nice the packaging is first!

You get a bag with it that matches the cover of the palette itself, and it's a really great size for travel/carrying makeup!
The cover just says "vice" in lime green jewel-looking letters. The letters are raised, which is cool looking but probably my only gripe about the packaging - if you were to stack another palette on top of this one, it's not going to sit right!

Inside are 20 shades, and this time around they broke them up into a more organized layout. Column 1 are all neutrals, columns 2 and 3 are jewel tones, column 4 are all warm jewel tones,  and column 5 are smoky shades.

You get a double ended brush that matches the palette in chrome lime green - one end is a blending brush and the other is a shader brush.

Now for the colors! All the colors were swatched on bare skin with no primer. I'll go by column to make it a little easier here ...

Truth is described as a pale pink-nude matte. It's very creamy and smooth, a great color to blend out/soften any of the other shades in this palette.
Undone is a pink beige matte-satin with tonal pearl. I don't know why they don't just call it a satin, but other than that it's a great transition shade and again, very creamy.
Downfall is a warm light brown matte. This is also going to be a great transition shade for smoky looks.
DTF (geeze with the names, Urban Decay!) is described as a taupe matte with pearl.This is a really cool shade that I wasn't expecting to like as much as I do.

Here they are swatched from left to right: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF. All of these are incredibly smooth and creamy!
Dragon is a bright metallic green shimmer:
Freeze is a metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro glitter:
Heroine is a deep navy blue with tonal pearl. This one reminds me a lot of the navy in the LORAC Pro 2 palette:
Brokedown is a metallic golden brown with gold micro glitter:

From left to right: Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown. This is probably my least favorite column out of the palette - they're not as pigmented as you would think they would be. You can definitely build them up, but in comparison to other UD shadows they kind of fall short.

Vanity is a smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro glitter:
Lucky is a metallic bronze, I love this shade!
Reign is a rich brown satin:
Bobby Dazzle is a metallic white with pale gold micro glitter. This shade is NOT new! Bobby Dazzle was one of the Stardust shadows, which I also have. While I believe they reformulated it because the old one was more of a cream color, it's not a "new shade" like they said everything in the palette was.

Now this column is all gorgeous! As you can see, Bobby Dazzle looks yellowish in the pan but actually swatches more white. All of the colors in this column are very pigmented and blend nicely.

Alien is a pink peach with a gold shift, one of my favorites in the palette!
Alchemy is a deep fuchsia satin:
Bondage is a deep smoky burgundy with shimmer:
Sonic is a metallic red copper. SUPER unique shade and I think it's my favorite out of the whole bunch:

This column isn't for everybody, it's quite pink, but I love pinks! I'll definitely be getting a lot of use out of it.

Last Sin is a champagne shimmer with silver micro glitter. This shade is very similar to a lot of shades UD has done, but gorgeous nonetheless:
Angel is a light taupe with silver micro glitter:
Defy is a smoky taupe satin:
Revolver is a soft black satin with iridescent pearl:

I think these are definitely staple colors and together create a perfect smoky eye, so they round out the palette nicely.

Is this a must-have? I think for Urban Decay fans it is. It's definitely not necessary, especially if you already have a lot of palettes from them, but it's a nice addition to the rest of them!

For more, checkout my video about the palette here:

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